Michael Trivette, Ph.D.
Director of Operations
Having earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Higher Education* at the University of Georgia, Michael has over a decade of experience in the higher education field, ranging from college admissions, enrollment management, intercollegiate athletics, student support services, student life, and other areas. A published researcher, Michael’s research centers on postsecondary student access issues. His dissertation work involved state and national level policies as it relates to college access for undocumented students, and his work is funded in part by the American Educational Research Association. His research has been published in Educational Policy, Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Finance. Michael also holds a credential in college admissions counseling from the University of California, San Diego and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
After graduating summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Electronic Media/Broadcasting and Organizational/Public Communication, Michael earned the Chancellor’s Fellowship at Appalachian State and completed his M.A. in Media Literacy. Before joining the Institute of Higher Education, Michael worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Appalachian State. His primary responsibilities included developing recruiting materials and messaging content for specific target markets and student populations, and working with admission counselors to ensure that Appalachian was at the forefront of public higher education in North Carolina and the southeast U.S. While at Appalachian, Michael also taught courses as an adjunct faculty member in three departments.
Michael lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is responsible for maintaining our office space in Charlotte. When he’s not spending time working with students, you can usually find him cycling and attempting to maintain a healthy garden. Outside of that, he also enjoys listening to live music and traveling.
*The Institute of Higher Education at UGA consistently ranks among the top 10 higher education programs nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report and The Chronicle of Higher Education.